Apr 3, 2019


Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: If you have dry eyes, how you know it can be a real irritating problem. Dr. Jeff Pettey, first of all, what causes dry eyes?

Dr. Pettey: Dry eye can be a problem anywhere we live, mainly because of things like electronic devices. Whenever we're on our computers, on our smartphones, or even reading a book, we don't blink as often. Our eyes become uncomfortable as they dry out, they get red, irritated. Those are the signs of dry eye. Particularly around the turn of the seasons as well, winter, summer, being outdoors, that can also make dry eye worse.

Interviewer: So if somebody has dry eyes, how can they find relief?

Dr. Pettey: The mainstay of treatment is going to be over the over-the-counter artificial tears, similar to treating dry lips with ChapStick, dry skin with lotion. Using over the-counter-tears can prevent dry eye from happening and it can also be our treatment.

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